Liverpool and Arsenal targets 'exciting' Birmingham boss

Birmingham City’s Demarai Gray and Koby Arthur have become two of the most highly sought after prospects in the Football League.

18-year-old Gray has featured in eight of the Blues 11 games so far this season, starting three, and has worked his way into the England Under-19 fold.

Regarded as one of the brightest English prospects outside of the Premier League, the youngster has scored one goal this campaign, and it has been reported that a number of top flight clubs have shown an interest in signing the youngster - with Liverpool reportedly having a first-option deal on the winger’s talents.

Despite his young age, Blues boss Lee Clark sees no problem with starting Gray, as well as fellow 18-year-old midfielder Koby Arthur, because of their incredible talents.

Speaking to the Birmingham Mail, Clark said: “They are forcing me to pick them, simple.

“They are exciting me, I love watching them.

“I am looking forward to when I can get them both on the pitch together from the start.

“That will be good for us because when you have got the ability to go past people at such speed, it’s difficult to defend against.

“The two of them are so brave, as well. And when I say brave I mean sometimes they know they are going to get kicked but they are still prepared to go at people.”

Arthur has made just two appearances for Clark’s side this season, but his performances at youth level have also caught the eye of Premier League sides, with Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester City said to be tracking the youngster.

And despite the interest from the top flight, Clark is happy to see that the promising duo are enjoying their football with a ‘big’ club in the Championship.

“They are both great kids, Demarai and Koby,” the manager added. “They are very, very grounded.

“I have spoken with them at length - they just love football. They are not thinking about anything else.

“I think they are well aware that they are creating a lot of attention in the football world. We are aware of that as a football club.

“I certainly am as a manager. Everywhere I go, to watch games or whatever, people want to talk about them.

“They have just got to keep enjoying their football and it looks like they are.

“They are playing at a big Championship club. Hopefully they will continue to deliver the performances they are.

“They won’t always, because they are kids. They will be up and down. There will be times where they need a little break.

“Koby, you could see in the last two games that he tired a little bit towards the end. But that’s natural.

“They are both really young but if you deal with them the right way they will be fine.”

FIFA World Cup 2018FIFA 2018 World Cup Russia - click here for all of our coverage...

Register for LIVERPOOL team updates

Register for CHELSEA team updates

Register for ARSENAL team updates

Register for MANCHESTER CITY team updates

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch